Risky Situations with Large Vehicles Passing a Large Vehicle A tractor-trailer or other combination vehicles take a longer time and requires more space to get around than a car On a two-way road, leave yourself more time and space when passing these large vehicles. Check to your front and rear and move into the passing lane only if it is clear and you are in a legal passing zone If the truck or bus driver blink their vehicle headlights after you pass, it’s a signal that you are cleared to pullback in front of their vehicle. Move back only when you can seethe front of the truck in your rearview mirror Remember that on an upgrade or steep hill, a large vehicle usually loses speed Because of their weight, trucks travel faster downhill and you may have to increase your speed to pass a truck on a downhill grade. Complete your pass as quickly as possible and don’t stay alongside the truck. After you
pass, maintain your speed. Don’t pass a truck, then slowdown, making the truck driver brake while traveling downhill When a truck passes you, you can help the driver by keeping to the far side of your lane and reducing your speed slightly. NEVER SPEEDUP AS A TRUCK OR BUS IS PASSING When you meet a truck/bus coming from the opposite direction, keep as far as possible to the right of the road to avoid being sideswiped and to reduce wind turbulence between vehicles. The turbulence PUSHES vehicles APART. It does NOT suck them together.